INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts are bringing one veteran quarterback out of retirement.
No, not Brett Favre.
The Colts agreed to terms Wednesday with Kerry Collins, making him the likely starter in case Peyton Manning isn't recovered from offseason neck surgery when the season begins Sept. 11 at Houston.
Collins, 38, said he has been given no indication Manning won't play. "Hopefully, Peyton will be back, but if he's not, maybe I can be one of the guys that can help this ballclub," Collins said. "The biggest draw for me coming here was just being with a team that I have a lot of respect for and a lot of history with … and play with one of greatest quarterbacks of all time."
Collins, who retired in July, agreed to a one-year contract and said he could be talked into staying longer.
Not every player liked the move. "We ain't vanilla, man, we ain't no simple offense," receiver Reggie Wayne said. "So for him to come in here and be the starter, I don't see it. I think that's a step back."
Coach Jim Caldwell said in a statement, "He is a veteran quarterback who … brings dimension and depth to the quarterback position, which will be helpful." Caldwell was Penn State's passing game coordinator from 1988-92, during part of Collins' college career. Team president Bill Polian drafted Collins in the first round in 1995 when he was with Carolina.
retirees dismiss lawsuit: A group of retired players has decided to dismiss its lawsuit against the league now that the lockout is over. Hall of Famer Carl Eller and several other retirees had accused the players union and the NFL of illegally negotiating terms of a collective bargaining agreement on their behalf. Retirees lawyer Shawn Stuckey said his clients dismissed the suit because it concentrated on the lockout but they are considering other avenues to get their voices heard.
hall of fame finalists: Defensive back Jack Butler and offensive lineman Dick Stanfel, members of the league's 1950s all-decade team, were named by the Hall's seniors committee as finalists for election next year. They join 15 modern-era candidates as finalists from which the class will be selected Feb. 4.
bills: Defensive lineman and top draft pick Marcell Dareus hurt his left ankle in practice, and the team was awaiting tests to determine the severity, according to media reports.
cardinals: The team shored up its depleted quarterback ranks by signing Brodie Croyle, in the process parting ways with Max Hall. Hall, who partially dislocated his left shoulder in practice Monday, was waived-injured, a move that could lead to an injury settlement. Croyle participated in a walkthrough and is expected to play Saturday against San Diego because the only other healthy quarterbacks on the roster are starter Kevin Kolb and Rich Bartel.
chiefs: Linebacker Brandon Siler tore an Achilles' tendon during practice. The former Gator was competing for the middle linebacker spot alongside Derrick Johnson after signing as a free agent.
cowboys: Cornerback Orlando Scandrick received a five-year extension worth $27 million.
Falcons: Rookie and former Hurricane Matt Bosher is set as the punter after Atlanta waived Ken Parrish. Bosher also is handling kickoffs.
giants: Cornerback Brian Williams signed, two days after New York lost Terrell Thomas and Brian Witherspoon to torn ACLs against the Bears.
jets: Receiver Plaxico Burress said his tweaked lower back, sustained in practice Tuesday, is no big deal and he'll play Saturday against the Giants, his former team.
Panthers: Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jon Beason will be sidelined for roughly a week after a minor procedure on his left foot, coach Ron Rivera said.
titans: Receiver Kenny Britt said he had a very good meeting Tuesday with commissioner Roger Goodell and Goodell promised him a decision as soon as possible on whether he'll be punished for lockout transgressions that include two arrests. … General manager Mike Reinfeldt said a meeting with Chris Johnson was beneficial though no deal was reached to end the running back's holdout. Reinfeldt expected to talk with Johnson's agent again in the "next day or so."